Shemali Samaraweera is WLWA’s hardworking secretary as well as being made an Associate of Bennett and Co on 1 July 2018 – Well done Shemali! She practices in Commercial Litigation, Wills and Estate Planning. 

Shemali took a well worn path to being on the WLWA committee by first being coopted onto the Committee in 2016/2017 before being elected to be the Secretary of the WLWA Committee in 2017/18. She joined the WLWA committee to assist and contribute to the significant work WLWA carries out in the Western Australian community with respect to promoting, encouraging and empowering women in the law. 

As Secretary of WLWA, which effectively means she documents the day to day running of the Committee by way of Committee minutes and resolutions, updates regulatory bodies regarding WLWA (such as the Australia Charities and Not-for-profits Commission) and organises the Annual General Meeting for 2018. The amazing Shemali is also a member of the Women in the Legal Profession Working Group, which is led by Joanne Alilovic. The Legal Profession Working Group have a number of projects on the go including, reviewing the current WLWA awards categories, preparing a sexual harassment survey to collect invaluable data and preparing a maternity leave policy. The Legal Profession Working Group hopes to have these projects delivdelivered within the next few months.

A little known fact about Shemali is that she has a Spoodle named Michael Faraday, who is named after the 19th century scientist. 

Thanks Shemali your contribution to the smooth running of the WLWA Committee is greatly appreciated

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